The Congress for Rights of Ondo Southern Nationalities (CROSN), has called on the State Government to end their being in darkness for the past fifteen years.
In a communique issued by the Congress and signed by its National President, Abiodun Fanoro and Secretary Tunde Aiyenumelo, they urged the State Government to take a deep reflection on the socio-economic implication of power blackout in Okitipupa, Ilaje, Irele and Ese-Odo Local Government Areas (LGAs) for over 15 years.
The Congress noted sadly that criminality was the order of the day, as idleness had set in, with the absence of such basic local economic activities like welding, hair-cut and hair-dressing had become moribund, due to the absence of electricity.
The congress further noted that keeping over one million people in darkness for this long certainly negated the lofty and good rural and urban development programmed by the government to discourage migration from the rural environment to the cities.
It reminded governor Akeredolu that it was the love and confidence people in the area had in him and his administration to wipe away their tears, that made them vote massively for him.
He was therefore told to break the jinx by restoring electricity to three major ethnic-nations in the state, the Ikales, Ilajes and the Ijaws spread in four vast local government areas and collectively accounted for over 70 percent of the income of the state.